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Tickets and opening times

We can’t wait to welcome you to Canterbury Cathedral. Tickets can be booked online or are available to buy on the day at our visitor centre. Please check our website prior to your visit as opening times may be subject to change.

Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)

Sunday 11.30* - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)
*Between 11.30-12.30, access is available to the Cathedral grounds and Shop only. The Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

 

 

Adult

£17.00

Our standard visitor ticket is valid for 12 months, meaning you can re-visit the Cathedral as often as you want during that time at no extra cost.

Children (aged 17 and under)

Free

Children go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. (Max 2 children per paying adult; does not apply to group bookings or school visits). Children must be accompanied at all times.

 

Canterbury Students

Free

Students studying full-time at local universities - Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent, University for the Creative Arts - enjoy FREE entry with their student ID.

English Heritage Members

20% discount on visitor entry

  • Not valid with other promotions or offers.
  • Discount applies to tickets bought on the door at our Visitor Centre only. Discount is not available for online booking. Standard price admission tickets cannot be refunded and exchanged for discounted tickets.
  • Valid until 31 March 2024. T&Cs apply.

Cathedral Pass

Locals can enjoy unlimited visits for the equivalent of just 10p per month!

You may be eligible for a Cathedral Pass if you:

  • work in the old city of Canterbury
  • live within 4 miles of Bell Harry tower, including within The Precincts
  • are a member of the Cathedral Congregation
  • are immediate family of a Cathedral staff member
  • are a member of any church in the diocese (on the parish electoral roll or equivalent)

Our Cathedral Pass cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions or offers.

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Event calendar

Have a look at the range of events Canterbury Cathedral has on offer below.

 

 

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Service times

Daily Eucharist   08:00
Lunchtime Eucharist   12:30 (Wednesdays and Feast Days only)
Daily Choral Evensong or Said Evening Prayer with Organ Meditation*   17:30
Sunday Choral Eucharist*  11:00
All are welcome and there is no charge to attend a service. *Live streamed online.

Services

Online worship

Every day the Cathedral’s services are broadcast on our YouTube channel. It’s perfect for when you are unable to be here in person. 

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We can't wait to welcome you to the Cathedral

Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)
Sunday 11.30 - 17.00 (last admission at 16.00)

Between 11.30-12.30, access is available to the Cathedral ground and Shop only. the Cathedral church opens at 12.30.

Address

Cathedral House
11 The Precincts
Canterbury
CT1 2EH
United Kingdom

Parking 

Parking in the Cathedral grounds is only available for Blue Badge holders, subject to limited availability and prior arrangement. There are several public car parks nearby. 

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The Very Reverend Dr David Monteith

Dean of Canterbury

David was installed in December 2022 as the 40th Dean of Canterbury (post Reformation) heading up a staff of 250 and over 500 volunteers; leading the mother church of the Anglican Communion.

He chairs the College of Deans for the Church of England. Prior to this he was Dean of Leicester in the East Midlands where he was responsible for the re-interment of King Richard III after his find in a ‘car park’ and the redevelopment of the cathedral in one of Britain’s most diverse cities where he also chaired the inter-faith ministry of the diocese. He also served as Associate Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London and as an Area Dean in Wimbledon, first being ordained in the Diocese of Birmingham in 1993. His interests focus on faith in the public realm, change, culture and the arts.

He grew up in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and shares his life in a Civil Partnership with David Hamilton and their lurcher dog Barney.

Miss Jane Ibbotson

Senior Non-Executive Member of Chapter

Appointed as a Non-Executive Member of Chapter in January 2022, Jane is a risk manager with over thirty years’ experience in the financial services sector.  After an early career as a banking and markets regulator at the Bank of England, Jane held a number of senior compliance roles in major UK and International banks.  In late 2023 Jane was appointed as the Senior Non-Executive Member of Chapter and is also a member of the Audit & Risk and Nominations Committees.

Jane is active in church life and worships at St Mary Riverhead with Dunton Green, where she is Parish Safeguarding Officer and a member of the church choir.  Singing is a particular passion and Jane enjoys performing regular concerts with a Kent-based chamber choir which sings repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.

She lives in Sevenoaks, where she is a keen gardener and nature lover who enjoys spending time looking after her garden and encouraging the wildlife in.  Jane is also a Trustee of Kent Wildlife Trust.

The Venerable Dr Will Adam

Archdeacon of Canterbury

The Archdeacon of Canterbury combines the responsibilities of being a Residentiary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral with that of an Archdeacon – supporting the life and ministry of deaneries and parishes in East Kent.

Will Adam is the 99th holder of this position that dates back to the first Archdeacon, Wulfred, in 798. Will came to Canterbury in 2022 having been Deputy Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, where he was responsible for supporting the relationship between Anglican churches and other Christian churches around the world. He was ordained in 1994 and spent more than 20 years in parish ministry in the dioceses of Oxford, Ely and London.

Will read theology at Manchester University, graduating in 1991, trained for ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge and the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva and, later on, read for an LLM and a PhD in Canon Law at Cardiff University. He is married to the Reverend Lindsay Yates and has three daughters and a Welsh Terrier

Mrs Pim Baxter OBE

Non-Executive Member of Chapter

Pim has over 35 years executive experience of strategic leadership in the arts, heritage and the creative industries. She was at the National Portrait Gallery for 22 years, until October 2019, including as Deputy Director, and prior to that at the National Theatre for 10 years.  

Pim was a member of Chapter at St Paul’s Cathedral from 2014 until March 2023, and a Governor of St Paul’s Cathedral School. Her current non-executive roles include the Board of Central School of Ballet and Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham. She is on the Campaign Board of Historic Royal Palaces and is a Trustee of the Portrait Fund.  

Pim lives in Eastling, near Faversham and has a range of local interests including being a Governor of her local Primary School. She is a Kent Ambassador and a Charity Mentor. In 2022 she became a Licensed Lay Minister and worships in the Benefice of Kingsdown & Creekside and High Downs. 

In 2015, Pim was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to the arts.  

The Reverend Wendy Dalrymple

Precentor, Residentiary Canon Designate

Prior to ordination, Wendy was a Youth and Community worker, working in faith-based and secular settings, including for the YMCA where she ran projects in prisons. She served her curacy in the Mirfield Team Parish in Wakefield Diocese before becoming the first chaplain to the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, West Sussex. She spent three years in Guildford Diocese as Priest-In-Charge of a rural multi-parish benefice, and for the past eight years has been Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester where she has fostered an inclusive approach to both the pastoral and liturgical life of the church. She has also served as Area Dean, Chair of House of Clergy and most recently as a General Synod representative.

She has been attending Greenbelt festival for more years than she cares to remember, and likes nothing better on her day off than a long walk followed by a boxset binge. She is married to Chris who is a retired Police Officer which gives him more time to enjoy his love of wildlife and the countryside, particularly fly-fishing. They have three grown-up children, two grandchildren, and two canine companions, Angus and Thorn.

The Reverend Andrew Dodd

Canon Treasurer

The Canon Treasurer's role combines the duties of a residentiary Canon with the stewardship of resources and the protection and restoration of the fabric of the building, its artefacts and the care of those who work in these areas of Cathedral life. A key element of the present role is the oversight of ongoing buildings projects across the Cathedral estate, as well as leading on plans to deliver the Cathedral's Net Zero Carbon and environmental sustainability agenda.

Before taking up this role at Canterbury in 2020, The Reverend Canon Andrew Dodd worked for 9 years in Great Grimsby, where he had been Team Rector and Area Dean of North East Lincolnshire. Whilst in this role he established Grimsby Minster as a centre of civic life and a hub for arts and social action projects in the town. 

Andrew trained as a Civil Engineer, working for Surrey County Council for seven years before training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. He was ordained in Southwark Diocese in 2000, serving his curacy in New Addington and then as Rector of St Mary’s Newington at the Elephant and Castle.

Andrew's theological specialism is in practical / pastoral theology, as well as a keen interest in contextual theology and social entrepreneurship. As well as enjoying family life, Andrew is learning to play hockey, is an artisanal baker and enjoys world cinema. He and his wife Louise, who is a priest in the diocese, have two teenage children, Miriam and Benedict.

The Reverend Dr Tim Naish

Canon Librarian

The Canon Librarian has responsibility for the educational work of the Cathedral, including among much else the two annual Conferences, for Seminarians/New Priests, and for New Bishops, from around the worldwide Anglican Communion, held in the Cathedral’s International Study Centre. Tim is also the Director of Curate Training (IME 2) for the Diocese of Canterbury.

Tim came to this role in Canterbury in April 2018, from twelve years spent in theological education at Ripon College Cuddesdon, directing the Oxford Ministry Course. He has also had six years as a parish priest, and eleven years in South India, the Congo and Uganda, working in leadership formation with the Church in those countries.

Academically, his special interest is in missiology; he is also a keen armchair sportsman, book collector, music lover and walker. He and his wife have three grown children and (so far) three grandchildren.

Mr Richard Oldfield

Non-Executive Member of Chapter

Richard Oldfield has been involved closely with the Cathedral since 2006 when he began chairing the fund-raising appeal, stepping down from this role in 2014. He has been a trustee of the Cathedral Trust from 2009 to 2021 and chair of Council from 2012 to 2022, and is seneschal of the Cathedral.

He was High Sheriff of Kent in 2008-9 and Vice Lord Lieutenant 2011-2021. An investment manager all his working life, he semi-retired in 2016 from the firm that he founded and did a theology diploma at King’s College London. He read History at New College, Oxford.

He is the chair of Shepherd Neame Ltd and a trustee of the Prince’s Trust. He lives in Doddington, near Faversham.

The Reverend Dr Emma Pennington

Canon Missioner

Reverend Dr Emma Pennington is the Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and was installed by the Archbishop of Canterbury in March 2019. Emma had been Vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath in the Oxford Diocese since 2008, before which she was chaplain of Worcester College in Oxford for five years. She has also been a prayer and spirituality adviser for the diocese and an Area Dean.

Emma, who trained at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, from 1997 to 2000, has been a tutor for the Initial Ministerial Education Reflective Practice: Ministry and Spirituality courses and a co-founder of the successful Festival of Prayer day conference run in association with the Bible Reading Fellowship. She has a doctorate from the University of Oxford on the fourteenth century devotional writer Julian of Norwich.

The Canon Missioner is a residentiary canon role and has the tasks of the former Canon Pastor position together with the ministry of outreach and welcome opportunities offered by the Cathedral’s restoration and development project, The Canterbury Journey.

Mr Guy Perricone

Non-Executive Member of Chapter

After graduating in Law at Cambridge University, England, in 1983, Guy qualified as a solicitor at the City law firm Linklaters & Paines.  In 1988, Guy joined Salomon Brothers, London, before moving to S. G. Warburg, London, in 1992.  In 1993, Guy and three former Salomon Brothers colleagues formed a joint venture investment banking boutique specialising in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, which was acquired by ABN AMRO Bank in 1997. 

In August 2005, seeking a professional and personal change, Guy left investment banking to become Managing Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London.  In 2009, Guy was appointed Chief Executive of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in London.  In August 2013, Guy was appointed Chief Executive and Under Treasurer of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, one of the four historic Inns of Court, and the professional home to barristers and judges.  His responsibilities there included oversight of the Temple Church, which was shared with the Inner Temple. He stepped down from this post in 2023.

In addition to his executive roles, Guy has held a number of voluntary roles in the Arts and Education sector.  These included Chair of the Trustees the Royal Academy of Dance, Chair of the Trustees of Christ’s Hospital School Foundation, Chair of the Trustees of Northern Ballet, Chair of Roedean School, Trustee of the National Army Museum and Trustee of the Gabrieli Consort & Players.

Guy is married with two children and lives in West Sussex.

Mr Paul Sylva

Non-Executive Member of Chapter

Paul was appointed as a Non-Executive Member of the Chapter in October 2023, and he chairs the Cathedral’s Finance Committee.

He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive work experience as a Finance Director in the charity sector. Before he moved into the charity sector, he worked for Reuters and PWC.

He is an experienced board member having served on the board of an NHS Trust and several housing associations, as well as being a trustee for numerous charities. Currently, he is a trustee of the Thames Opera Company and a board member of Gravesend Churches Housing Association.

Paul is married to Karen, and they have one son. He lives in London and is active in the livery world, as a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.

Julie Wood

Director of Finance & Planning

Julie joined Canterbury Cathedral in August 2008 to head up the Finance Department. During her career she has worked as an accountant in the professional, commercial and charitable sectors which together has provided a good background for the world of cathedral finance.

Having obtained a BSc Honours degree in Zoology at Durham University, Julie trained as a Chartered Accountant in the City. She has at various times been a trustee of several small charities, a school governor and is currently a director of Cathedral Enterprises Limited.

Julie has three grown up children and lives with her husband a few miles from Canterbury where she also keeps a small flock of pedigree Wiltshire Horn sheep.

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